Preston recorded their first home league win since September against managerless Bristol City in a heated match that ended with two red cards.

Preston's Kevin Davies nodded across goal for Jack King to head home his first goal of the season.

The visitors came closest to equalising from a wide Simon Gillett shot and a close-range Aden Flint header.

Both sides finished with 10 men when Karleigh Osborne and Paul Gallagher were dismissed for scuffling late on.

The result kept North End third in League One, but piled more misery on Bristol City, who slipped 23rd after sacking head coach Sean O'Driscoll on Thursday.

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Bristol City caretaker manager John Pemberton told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We definitely deserved more from the game today.

"In the first 20 minutes I thought we were on the back foot but other than that I thought we were excellent.

"In the second half we made a good team look ordinary again. We've created chances but we haven't taken them.

"I cannot fault the desire of what they've done, and the spirit they have shown, and we will now move onto the next game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 05 Clarke
  • 03 Laird Booked
  • 02 Keane
  • 22 King
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 07 Humphrey (Huntington - 95' )
  • 30 Brownhill (Byrom - 79' )
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Beavon (Hume - 83' )
  • 12 Gallagher Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 04 Huntington
  • 13 Byrom
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 17 Monakana
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 27 Hume

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish
  • 21 Pack
  • 17 Cunningham (Bryan - 81' )
  • 03 Williams
  • 05 Flint
  • 35 Osborne Dismissed
  • 02 Moloney (Taylor - 84' )
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 09 Baldock
  • 34 Gillett

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 15 Bryan
  • 16 Wynter
  • 18 Taylor
  • 22 Shorey
  • 23 Harewood
  • 28 McLaughlin
Ref: Richard Clark
Att: 8,803

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

7 2

Corners

9 3

Fouls

15 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0.

90:00 +5:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0.

90:00 +4:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Chris Humphrey.

90:00 +3:44 Booking

Booking Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:53 Dismissal

Dismissal Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:00

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:56

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

88:56

Attempt saved. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:34

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

83:52

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

83:52

Sam Baldock (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Ryan Taylor replaces Brendan Moloney.

82:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Stuart Beavon.

81:16

Attempt saved. Jack King (Preston North End) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:40

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Greg Cunningham.

79:33

Attempt blocked. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Joel Byrom replaces Josh Brownhill.

78:02

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

70:54 Booking

Booking Scott Laird (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

70:47

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

70:47

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:38

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

65:17

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

62:13

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

62:13

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:51

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

59:48

Foul by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

59:48

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:01

(Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:01

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

58:32

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

58:32

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

52:28

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:28

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

51:06

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:06

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

50:37

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:37

Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

49:50

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Preston North End).

49:50

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:25

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Preston North End).

47:25

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:27

Attempt saved. Scott Laird (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +1:08

Kevin Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:08

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

41:57

Attempt missed. Bailey Wright (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

41:40

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

41:19

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:07

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

39:48

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:45

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

37:45

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

37:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:57

Delay in match Kevin Davies (Preston North End) because of an injury.

35:34

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

32:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0. Jack King (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Clarke.

31:17

Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:17

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

29:16

Hand ball by Keith Keane (Preston North End).

28:43

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aden Flint.

26:13

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

26:13

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:59

Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:35

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack King.

24:01

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:01

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

23:19

Foul by Scott Laird (Preston North End).

23:19

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:29

Attempt saved. Keith Keane (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:02

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

19:06

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

19:06

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:35

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

16:46

Attempt saved. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:07

Attempt missed. Stuart Beavon (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

14:21

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:37

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from very close range is too high.

11:55

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

11:55

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:20

Foul by Jack King (Preston North End).

11:20

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:56

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

10:08

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

7:14

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4:27

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:59

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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